10 3 03  Wilson to Sugg and Akre 7:48 pm


The documentation I'm offering is the bank statement for the month in question.  That 
will put this matter to rest and let you confirm I am not lying when I say I redeposited the $5,000.

My concern is that once I give you ONE statement, there soon be a request tied to some other
 issue for yet another statement and on and on.  I'm not interested in starting a string of disclosures 
of personal issues that further invade my family's privacy.

You say I haven't had my current job very long.  I've been here more than two years.  That's a pretty 
long time, especialy in TV where years on the air at a single station are sort of like dog years. <g> 
 That's meant to be a little humor.

You're premise that TV jobs are good by shy of a network are not THAT good is incorrect. 
 Mant people these days make more many at good, strong local stations than they might make
 working for a network or national broadcast.

Let me know if you think production of a single bank statement would put this issue to bed--and 
whether you are willing that production of that will not lead to a demand for production of other private
 documents to help you try and prove or disprove your other theories.
 
 
John Sugg wrote:

 Steve, I would welcome any documentation you care to provide. Without knowing what that documention
 is, I can't promise not to ask for additional information.On the other issue, you're crediting your current job
-- which you haven't had for very long -- with allowing you to amass $1 million to put down on a house. TV 
jobs are good, but shy of a network, they're not that good. Doesn't it seem more likely that -- whatever your 
residential moves, which might have been undertaken to shield or conceal assets (you testified that in at least
one instance you sought to conceal assets) -- that the great bulk of this money has been with you since the 
days of the lawsuit?I appreciate your response on what you feel you needed to tell supporters.

     ______________________________________________________
                              "Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity
                                         in the context of professional journalism."
                                                                -- Hunter S. Thompson

John Sugg
Senior Editor
Creative Loafing
Atlanta, Georgia
John.sugg@cln.com
404-614-1241

-----Original Message-----

From: Steve Wilson [mailto:wilson@citicom.com]
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 6:17 PM
To: John Sugg
Cc: Jane Akre; Ken Edelstein; Neil Skene
Subject: Re: Wilson Statement

 

itional//en"> You know, John, we've disagreed about a great many things but you can not
 point to even a single instance where I have lied to you.  And when I tell you I re-deposited the
 $5,000 on November 8, 1999, as I testified under oath that I would do, you have no reason to 
suspect I'm lying now.

Frankly, due to your previous errors and false implications, I'm not inclined to provide proof to you.
  If I do, you will no doubt want to see other documentation and when I refuse you will argue, "Hey,
 it gave me the OTHER record, why not this or that?"

In any event, I hope you believe me when I tell you I do not have these documents with me here in
 Detroit tonight.  It is possible I could get a copy sent by FAX.  I will do so, as a gesture of goodwill,
 if you will assure me that you will not use it against me when I refuse to give you other documents to 
which you have no entitlement.

John Sugg wrote:

<<On the whole issue of fundraising, the core question is how much information did you owe potential contributors. >>

What I "owed" was a description of what the money would be spent for.  What I promised was that
 it would only be spent on costs directly related to the lawsuit.  Jane and I took pains to keep that promise, 
notwithstanding the $30 computer error which was corrected immediately upon disocvery.

Sugg also wrote:

<<Even if every dime from the Citizens' Fund went to legal expenses, those contributions helped you to maintain
a luxury lifestyle you didn't disclose to supporters. As the cops are fond of saying, money is fungible. You didn't have to
 spend your own money on your lawsuit (or as much of your own money) if people contributed>>

You're again trying to connect dots that cannot be connected, at least not with any fairness.

When we were fired by Fox, we put our luxury waterfront home up for sale.  When it sold, we moved into a
 friend's home.  We stayed there until we were able to purchase another, much-more-modest home.  It was not
 until after I found work that the Ponte Vedra home was purchased.

The two important points here that do not support, and in fact contradict,  your hypothesis that support we 
received from donors allowed us to maintain our luxury lifestyle:

1.  We didn't maintain a luxury lifestyle.  Our lifestyle changed dramatically after the firing and did not substantially 
improve until after the trial and, more importantly, after I found work in my field.

2.  In any event, the amount of money received, did not have a huge impact on legal bills well into six figures.

Let me know about whether we have an agreement on providing the financial documentation.  I'll see if I can get it quickly.

Steve

On the whole issue of fundraising, the core question is how much information did you owe potential contributors.
 

Even if every dime from the Citizens' Fund went to legal expenses, those contributions helped you to maintain a luxury 
lifestyle you didn't disclose to supporters. As the cops are fond of saying, money is fungible. You didn't have to spend your 
own money on your lawsuit (or as much of your own money) if people contributed.

Any response to the above is welcome. 

                      ______________________________________________________
                                 "Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity
                                              in the context of professional journalism."
                                                               -- Hunter S. Thompson

John Sugg
Senior Editor
Creative Loafing
Atlanta, Georgia
John.sugg@cln.com
404-614-1241